Removing Handlebar From Gooseneck Stem

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ridingtoy

I live for the CABE
Apr 7, 2010
1,778
Leonardtown, United States
I'm attempting to remove a handlebar from the gooseneck and want to know what's a safe distance to spread the forged clamp part of the stem. My fear is that the metal will crack before it's open far enough to slide the bar through. I've opened it enough so that the bar wiggles a little, but it seems to need more spreading to free the bar. How far do I dare go with spreading the clamp piece? Thanks for the guidance!

Dave
 

partsguy

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Aug 13, 2008
10,916
The Land of Oz
You shouldn't need to spread it very far. Just remove one of the grips and slide out. Thats how I've always done it. Taught myself that method.
 

scrubbinrims

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 2, 2010
6,771
4900 New Kent Rd, Richmond, VA 23225, USA
The answer is .357 cm
Or
Inrementally as long as the set bolt still hits the hole
Chris
 

ridingtoy

I live for the CABE
Apr 7, 2010
1,778
Leonardtown, United States
Do you usually apply some lubricant first to help the bar along? It's a fairly pitted bar and still seems to be hung up in the clamp though it will wiggle, but not enough to start sliding through. It's to the Colson Imperial tricycle in my avatar photo, so I don't want to overdo it and snap the clamp...it will be a hard stem to find an exact replacement for being smaller in size. Thanks for the comments!

Dave
 

PhattCatBicycles

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Oct 19, 2011
513
Albany, OR
I've found that you only need to spreed it for enough to get the handlebar out. LOL


Just being funny
Brooks
 

jpromo

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 26, 2011
3,881
Plymouth, Michigan
Just wiggle it up and down while pushing.. hm.. that doesn't sound wholesome.. but once you get the center section of the bars out it'll be free. If not, pry just a little bit with a screwdriver on the nose; it shouldn't take much.
 

MR D

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 11, 2011
322
Detroit Michigan
You could spray a bit of DW40 and let it sit for a while. Have someone use a large flat head screwdriver to pry it open just enough to for you wiggle the bars out. Simple but perplexing when you're working on something irreplaceable.

Luck to you...go easy.

Mr D
 
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